Government IS the Problem

The W.P.A. was a godsend to Hague.  Virtually every person who got a W.P.A. job in New Jersey was told he got it thanks to Frank Hague. – Thomas Fleming

As quoted in Steven Hart’s book American Dictators on Depression-era political bosses it could apply in modern-day New Jersey  with only a few new words (Hurricane, Sandy, Christie) or (unemployment, Union, County, government) and some new wrinkles.

Among the scandals hitting the Christie administration is the one about how Hurricane Sandy funds went to towns that supported the governor but didn’t necessarily need the money.  Towns like Belleville got $6 million for a Senior Center and New Brunswick got $4.8 million for an apartment complex.  But when you look at the website that New Jersey set up to provide transparency on how those disaster-relief funds were used the projects in question do not appear under those cities:

Belleville Township (Essex County)
FEMA Individual Assistance Various Individuals $228,624.65
FEMA Public Assistance funds to municipalities Belleville Township $971,197.13

New Brunswick City (Middlesex County)
FEMA Individual Assistance Various Individuals $142,376.42
FEMA Public Assistance funds to municipalities Belleville Township $2.73 million

But Hurricane Sandy is a once-in-a-decade disaster (opportunity) for politicians.  The bread and butter of extortive governing are those worthy causes that serve as impetus for separating taxpayers from their money even if the government filtering that money is the least effective entity for dealing with the problem.  For example, unemployment and what giving Union County $1,540,100 will do for it:

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jim buettner on February 3, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Ask a question get BS as an answer. In the four years that I’ve stood at that podium and asked for the number of people that actually got a job– never have they been able to produce anyone ever did. Pure made-up schooling and questionable job training for votes on the part of the freeholders.

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  2. Posted by bpaterson on February 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I quote something similar to your title JB1, little heavy but true:

    Government is public enemy #1

    Many times the govt entity gleans from these “grants”, administration costs so they can keep whatever crony on the dole to sit there and process paperwork. Accountability? As JB2 says above, no need to answer the public…..trust them, they’re from the govt and they are here to help us.

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